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Scaled to Fit Island

  • Written by Gay Wilmerding

Thank you County Council for listening to the public and your unanimous decision today (November 27) to remove Zylstra Trail from consideration in the current Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) on San Juan Valley Road.  Your unwillingness to exercise eminent domain and your willingness to explore other options, like entry to Zylstra Preserve from the south along Bailer Hill Road via Douglas, are much appreciated. 

Drawing and listening to testimony, I would like to reiterate the need for separate bike trails for safety.  Based on sketch submitted, one could narrow the ROW (right of way) from 60’ to 44’ if 3’ bike paths were placed atop the ROW, and culverts could provide drainage as under driveways. The disadvantage is no physical barrier to errant vehicles and reduced aquifer recharge from road and bike path runoff. The advantage is ability to save landscape features and farmland.   

Gay Wilmerding

27 November 2023